Understanding Bamboo Forests of Ethiopia
Over 1 million hectares or around 2.5 million acres of bamboo are growing wild in Ethiopian forests, that's 7 percent of the world's bamboo resources growing wild in Africa.
Currently there are over 1 million hectares or around 2.5 million acres of bamboo growing wild in Ethiopian forests. Ethiopia has Africa's largest bamboo forest. Ethiopia’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development stated to news agencies that there were no formal bamboo economies in Ethiopia until 2013 with an award going to the African Bamboo company for the Biomass-Powered Thermal Processing of Ethiopian Bamboo. African Bamboo is a forestry, wood, and bio-energy company located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Two species of bamboo occur naturally in Ethiopia, Shimel and Kerekeha. Lowland bamboo is known locally as Shimel and makes up about 80 percent of the Ethiopia’s bamboo forest resources Shimel grows in western Ethiopia near the Sudanese border.
Highland bamboo, or Kerekeha, grows in the rainy highlands of Northwestern and Southern Ethiopia and makes up 6.5 percent of total forest cover in Ethiopia. The remaining 13.5 percent of forest bamboo is varied with numerous species.